What is an In-Course Honors Project
An in-course honors project is an agreement between an honors student and a chosen professor. The student completes an agreed-upon project within the context of a particular course and under the guidance of the professor. Work performed must be above and beyond the requirements of the course. The size, scope, and nature of the project are completely up to the professor and the student. The project is an opportunity for the student to do more work, not the professor (unless the professor would like to).
In-course honors projects offer a unique opportunity for students to delve deeper into their passions, pursue their creativity, gain valuable skills, and stand out in their fields. They give students incentives to be their best!Professor Hal MeliaAssociate Professor of Music & Director of Jazz Studies
Steps to Complete an Honors Project
- Step 1 - Select Appropriate Course
- Step 2 - Set Up Appointment
- Step 3 - Application
- Step 4 - Professor Confirmation
- Step 5 - Honors Credit
Step 1 - Select Appropriate Course
Decide on an appropriate project in an eligible course (the Honors Advisor can help with any questions students have)
- For General Honors credit, in-course honors projects must be completed in general education courses
- For Honors in the Major credit, the in-course honors project must be in a course that counts toward a student's major
Step 2 - Set Up Appointment
- Set up appointment (face-to-face or virtual) with professor in a course in which you are currently enrolled
- Respectfully and professionally ask professor to supervise project
- Discuss in-course honors project requirements, including objectives and a timeline for completing the project
- If professor does not agree to supervise project, find another professor who is willing to supervise a project
- Project is an opportunity for the student to do more work, not the professor (unless the professor would like to)
Step 3 - Application
Students submit the In-Course Honors Project Application by the due date specified by the Honors College. Retain a copy of the application for your own records.
Step 4 - Professor Confirmation
After submission of the in-course honors project application, professors are emailed to confirm the application's information.
Step 5 - Honors Credit
Before finals, the Honors College emails professors, asking whether the student completed the project. If the project is successfully completed, student's transcript will have a notation that the course counts for honors credit. If the project was not successful, no harm is done to the student or to the professor.